Cargo Damage & Losses

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Cargo Damage & Losses

Throughout the surveyor’s intervention, we keep our clients fully informed of all developments, forwarding and checking all tally and survey reports, and providing our advice as required.

As P&I Club Correspondents, we do our utmost to reduce the exposure of our clients and their Members to any cargo claims, either by advising and arranging the most efficient protective measures available (draft surveys, loading surveys/tallies, discharge surveys/tallies and preliminary hatch opening reports) or by appointing competent and cost-effective surveyors to identify the causes and extent of any damage and/or attend court survey meetings.

BUDD’s staff supervise the activities of the surveyors they appoint, ensuring that they receive clear and appropriate instructions, that these instructions are followed, and that reporting is both timely and consistent. In West African ports, surveyors are accompanied on board the vessel and introduced to the Master who is fully briefed on local maritime legislation and working practice.

Whenever possible, it is our preference to follow the full voyage of a vessel discharging dry cargo in West African ports, something our extensive network of offices makes possible, so that we can provide a more comprehensive assistance to the vessel and are in a strong position to minimise the Member’s exposure, particularly if threatened by customs fines or cargo claims.